The four weeks of Advent remind us to set aside some of the hectic business of the holiday season, and to quietly reflect on the promise of the baby born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. As members of St Paul’s parish community, we let the Advent themes of waiting, preparation, light in the darkness, and the coming of the promised Messiah speak to our hearts and prayers at this special time.

St Paul’s parish activities 2020

An Advent booklet describing the Advent activities in St Paul’s parish -> Advent 2020 Leaflet

Up to date details of Advent activities will be in each St Paul’s parish weekend newsletter -> Recent Posts.

Advent activities: Due to Covid-19 restrictions many events can only be attended virtually, such the Masses using Facebook Live, or using the Zoom electronic meeting facilities.

Zoom meetings: you may either join these interactive sessions using the Zoom website at Zoom meeting url, or by installing the free Zoom meeting software for your preferred device -> Zoom meeting software. A summary of useful guidance on the configuration and usage of Zoom has been specially written -> Zoom configuration and usage; this will be updated as required, this is the first update -> Advent 2020 update #1 

Sunday Mass: from the 6th December, the church is allowed to open for a socially distanced congregation. Booking is essential, and is described in the parish weekly newsletter -> Recent Posts. The Mass will be available on Facebook Live as usual -> Facebook live. To book to attend Mass in person for the NEXT Sunday, ring in the week beforehand on 07729 283 978 Line open: Mon – Thurs 10am to 12 Noon & Fri 10am to 11am (Mobile charges apply). Please note this mobile number is the only way to reserve your seat bookings for Mass & calls to this number are solely for this purpose. FACE COVERINGS ARE MANDATORY IN CHURCHES & MUST BE WORN OVER YOUR MOUTH & NOSE Thank you for your co-operation & understanding.

THE JOURNEY of ADVENT: Let’s join together to share four special events to be held online on the Tuesdays in Advent starting 1st December at 7pm. If you would like to attend any of the Advent events organised by St Paul’s parish PLEASE email ASAP for the Zoom meeting details.  It would be great to see members of our parish family joining in and sharing these evenings. These events are for everyone in our parish community:

  • Tuesday 1st December 2020: Offering a different way to think about the Travelling Crib in our homes, where we will hear and share stories of people’s cribs around the parish.
  • Tuesday 8th December 2020: An Advent Forgiveness Service led by Fr Peter Burke.
  • Tuesday 15th December 2020: Inviting us to join together to get into the Christmas spirit with a quiz and social. Have a cuppa or glass of something to hand!
  • Tuesday 22nd December 2020: A live Zoom Carol Service with readings and carols to help us prepare for Christmas and the birth of the Christ-child.

Christingle: Sun 13th Dec 2020 during 10am Mass Fr. Peter has invited the younger children to attend. We hope to be able to broadcast this on Facebook for Live-streaming. If your child in interested in attending/being part of this PLEASE email Ailish on: ailishfountain@sky.comSeats need to be allocated ASAP & we need to know how many children / parents will be attending (the church has a maximum seating capacity).

St Alban’s parish activities 2020

See the home page at St Alban’s and the parish calendar St Alban’s Calendar


Special events:

ADVENT HOME GROUPS (St. Alban’s): We’re pleased to inform you that the Advent Home Groups will go ahead in the form of ZOOM meetings & we have chosen our Advent topic, “The Joy of Hope” using an online course produced by CaFE. If you wish to join a Home Group as a guest, host or lead, please send an e-mail to “” and indicate in the subject box: Home Groups Advent.
For further information, please contact Deacon Gyorgy: Tel: 01625 423446 / Email: All are welcome.

27TH DEC. CAFOD VIRTUAL FUN RUN: Join this year’s event by running, walking or toddling 5k in your local area. How do I take part? – We’re asking you to take to the streets in your local area to run, to help raise vital funds for CAFOD. There is no entry fee – we’re asking you to kindly raise sponsorship or make a donation from you and your family. Advance Registration & Details: Chris Pimblott : 01625 266552 or BollyFunRun, and JustGiving – Fun run like no other

Advent Pilgrimage to Bethlehem: A ZOOM event in St. Alban’s Church
Macclesfield Saturday 12th December 2020, 09:15- 10:15 / via Zoom.

In 2020 many things are different and not what we are used to. We have been unable to visit friends and family or travel. Pilgrimages to the Holy Land have all been stopped and the Old City of Jerusalem is empty. Just the very people that live within the walls can be seen occasionally. We start our advent journey with the Old Testament, meet some locals and get a sense of what Bethlehem is like today. Children from the Franciscan Music School in Jerusalem will share a video of Christmas Carols.

Are you free on Saturday the 12th of December in the morning between 9:15am-10:15am?
Come and join us for a virtual pilgrimage to Bethlehem followed by livestreamed Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Midday Mass

Please send an e-mail to to register for this event. All details to access the online meeting will be provided after registration.

This journey to Bethlehem is made possible thanks to the help of Pro Terra Sancta (UK) a charity that supports the work of the Franciscans in the Holy Land. Pro Terra Sancta is an important partner for the work and projects for the people of Bethlehem.



In our Forgiveness Service in 2017 we came together to think about, “Who are we?”
Jesus, the Light of the World, lived on earth, fully human as we are, to guide us on our journey of life, showing us how to live. As Baptised members of God’s family how do we live out our faith following in the footsteps of Jesus? As we journey together how do we light up the way for others? Join us in our examination on conscience, prepared by Jacqui Feely. Click here ->

Advent reflections: Click below

-> Meditation – Light of Christ 2017 v3

-> Examination of conscience, Who am I

[4 Dec 2020]